Stages [Album]

by Zane

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[WATCH VIDEOS FROM THIS ALBUM]

Lost
www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_9P_nBwdO0

A Story
www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzPf4EI8GpQ
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Behind the album, 'Stages'

The most interesting thing about life being a journey is that you really never know where you will end up despite your best laid plans.

“Stages” began as a collection of songs about that journey but, whether consciously or subconsciously, it really was a retrospective glance, a pause, to take in some history.

Despite its intent at inception, this album became something else, almost immediately. Within moments of its birth it sprang up on its feet, looked around, and said, “yeah, right… forget this, follow me!” And I did.

And the winding road it lead me on took me to late-night Athenian cafes, secluded Mediterranean beaches, slow waltzes on Beirut rooftops, desert hikes to the Great Pyramid of Giza, the loss of loved ones, tender kisses, and lasting new friendships.

So this album opens with the questioning thoughts that begin all our “thens”, winds through the confusion in between, and ends with a lover’s embrace, which is a worthwhile “now” indeed.

“Stages” is about “thens” and “nows” and “in-betweens” in the only language that has ever spoken to me about these mysteries: music.

Please enjoy.
- Zane

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released January 1, 2009

Produced, recorded, arranged and mixed by Albert Chambers at Sweet Albi Productions.
Mastered by Renee Marc-Aurele at SNB Reference Mastering.

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Track Name: Lost
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[LYRICS]

Lost
Words and music by Zane


You’re the one I wanted
You’re the one I came for
You’re the one that saved me from myself

You were the one that held me
You were my crutch at my side
You were the one that gave me all I needed

And now I feel so lost without you
And now I feel so alone

You’re the one I looked for
When they turned away
You’re the one who smiled at me

And now I feel so lost without you
And now I feel so alone
Feels so unreal and cold without you
Feels so unreal and so cold

And I can’t stand to see
You walking from me

And now I feel so lost without you
And now I feel so alone

And now I feel so lost without you
And now I feel so alone

And now I feel
And now I feel
And now I feel
So alone

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Track Name: A Story
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[LYRICS]

A Story
Words and music by Zane and Albert Chambers


I picture years go by
but even time will not erase
Your beautiful face, beautiful face

And as our life will grow
we’ll add a space for one small face
In our beautiful place, beautiful place

Please say it’s all real, I hope it’s not a lie
I never dreamt that life could be so good
if I gave it a try
We say we’re meant to be, we’d never break away
A promise can’t protect the way we’d feel
if it happened someday

Is this another story? A bedtime story
With heroes, an ending made to sell
Is this another story? A real life story
We’re playing and acting out ourselves

And I can feel
I can feel the music play for you and me
For you and me

I take your hand
pull it closely to my heart and begin to dance
Until the music fades away

Please say it’s all real, I hope it’s not a lie
I never dreamt that life could be so good
if I gave it a try
We say we’re meant to be, we’d never break away
A promise can’t protect the way we’d feel

Is this another story? A bedtime story
With heroes, an ending made to sell
Is this another story? A real life story
We’re playing and acting out ourselves

Tonight, rapture will take us over
And the stars will help us guide our way
And a twinkle in our eyes
will show the world what we’re made of
And the world, the world will dance with you
Will dance with me and you
With me and you

Is this another story? A bedtime story
With heroes, an ending made to sell
Is this another story? A real life story
We’re playing and acting out ourselves

Is this another story? A bedtime story
With heroes, an ending made to sell
Is this another story? A real life story
We’re playing and acting out ourselves

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Track Name: Blame
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[LYRICS]

Blame
Words and music by Zane


Standing in the shadows
Keeping all the doors closed
Guarding my heart with my soul

Watching how the wind blows
Seeing how the road goes
Wondering if you know

That I think of you every day
Writing and erasing all the words I wanna say

Can you blame me?

As I see your face glow
And before the bridge grows
You should know I suppose

Taking off my clothes
Feeling so exposed
Standing naked in the front row

Cause I think of you every day
Writing and erasing all the words I wanna say

Can you blame me?
Can you blame me?
Can you blame me?
Can you blame me?

Still I think of you every day
Writing and arranging all the words I have to say

Can you blame me?
Can you blame me?

Can you blame me?
(for standing in the shadows)

Can you blame me?
(for keeping all the doors closed)

Can you blame me?
(for watching how the wind blows)

Can you blame me?
(for seeing how the road goes)

Can you blame me?
Can you blame me?

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Track Name: Egyptian Queen
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[LYRICS]

Egyptian Queen
Words and music by Zane


The memories of you
Now slip away
To another day
Where the skies are grey

I was holding on to you
Was there no other way
To make you stay
And not sail away

It was a mystical place I had seen
When you were my Egyptian Queen

You are so beautiful
You are so beautiful
You were the one behind the sun
That would carry me on

Looking back in time
I see you and me
Beneath that tree
By the yellow sea

And as I drink the wine
From you it sets me free
But I still see
You rule with me

It was a mystical place I had seen
When you were my Egyptian Queen

You are so beautiful
You are so beautiful
You were the one behind the sun
That would carry me on

Oh, sweet beauties I have seen
When you were my Egyptian Queen

You are so beautiful
You are so beautiful
You were the one behind the sun
That would carry me on

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Track Name: 2 Weekends in Beirut
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[LYRICS]

2 Weekends in Beirut
Words and music by Zane

Saw her for the first time
On a steamy summer night
I took a look all over
Taken by her sights

Never thought her beauty
Was something I would see
She was nothing like
Any pictures on TV

I danced all night on a roof in that city
I fell in love with the way she moved me
And it only took 2 weekends in Beirut

Damaged on the outside
So frail she is within
I felt her inner warmness
Underneath her skin

Deep inside her shadows
Lies the mystery
Of how she still can smile
With such a history

I danced all night on a roof in that city
I fell in love with the way she moved me
And it only took 2 weekends in Beirut

I danced all night on a roof in that city
Yes, I danced all night to the rhythm of her beat
I fell in love with the way she moved
And it only took, it only took 2 weekends
in Beirut

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Track Name: Hold Back The Night
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[LYRICS]

Hold Back the Night
Words and music by Zane and Susan Rochette

(Dedicated to the memory of Marion Mercier)


I can remember the day you closed your eyes
Happier memories were filling up my skies

Feeling as if I would break apart with a touch
As day came by and took away the dark

Let me hold on to the dawn
Let me hold on to your hand
I don’t wanna face the day
I close my eyes to block out the light
Oh, bring back the dark
Bring back the night

I can remember the day I said goodbye
Holding your hand while you gave up your fight

Feeling as if I would break apart with a touch
As your breath, your life, your star faded away

Let me hold on to the dawn
Let me hold on to your hand
I don’t wanna face the day
I close my eyes to block out the light
Oh, bring back the star
Bring back the night

Memories of you are the oceans of my soul
My feelings of you were the twilight of your life
Anchors of loneliness won’t hold me anymore
Breaking from loneliness, I swim from your shore

I swim from your shore

Letting go of the dawn
Letting go of your hand
Getting up to face the day
I open my eyes and let in the light
Oh, hold back the dark
Hold back the night

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Track Name: Forgive Me
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[LYRICS]

Forgive Me
Words and music by Zane


Time has been unkind to you
And time has made me blind to you

Isn't funny?
When I turn to look behind
All I see is wasted time

Forgive me for my lack of sympathy
Forgive me for not lifting you when you're down
But I'd rather not be around
To hear your awful sounds
Isn't funny? How we've come around

I nearly lost my mind
When I swallowed all your lines

Isn't it funny?
Can you see the coldness of my eyes
Honey, this is no disguise

Forgive me for my lack of sympathy
Forgive me for not lifting you from the ground
But I'd rather not be around
To hear your awful sounds
Isn't funny? How we've come around

You showed me gold and then you left the room
Leaving me in your perfume

Isn't it funny?
Now I'm seeing clearly through my eyes
Darling, surprise, surprise

Forgive me for my lack of sympathy
Forgive me for swimming while you drown
But I'd rather not be around
To hear your awful sounds
Isn't funny? How I've come around

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Track Name: Tired
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[LYRICS]

Tired
Words and music by Zane


I don't know where to begin
How do I start and how does it end?
Everything is falling apart
Here I am back at the start
Ooh, ooh, ooh

My veins are empty, I’m too weak to fight
My mind is heavy and I’m losing my sight
And this cold wind
Is burning my skin
Ooh, ooh, ooh

Well it’s hard to bring back the fire
When the spark is gone and you get so tired
Tired of the way things have been
And tired of the way you think things will be
Well maybe it’s not so bad
Maybe I’ve just been had

I wish I had the luxury of time
Now that I’m walking on a very thin line
The line between the walls caving in
And the feeling that I’m being buried alive
Ooh, ooh, ooh

Well it’s hard to bring back the fire
When the spark is gone and you get so tired
Tired of the way things have been
And tired of the way you think things will be
Well maybe it’s not so bad
Maybe I’ve just been had

You see what I’m feeling I can’t explain
Images of demons roaming inside my brain
Tied to the rail with a heavy chain
And hearing the whistle of a runaway train

Well it’s hard to bring back the fire
When the spark is gone and you get so tired
Tired of the way things have been
And tired of the way you think things will be
Well maybe it’s not so bad
Maybe I’ve just been had

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Track Name: Joking
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[LYRICS]

Joking
Words and music by Zane


If you see me rambling on
When walking down the street
Don’t you make me stop
Don’t you make me stop

And if you see me falling over
On my own two feet
Don’t you pick me up
Don’t you pick me up

Please tell me you’re joking
When you talk to me like you do
You’ve got to be kidding around
When you’re kicking me when I’m down
You’ve got to be someone else

If you see me carry on
And without hope it seems
Don’t you lift me up
Don’t you lift me up

And if you see me holding on
To nothing but a dream
Don’t you wake me up
Don’t you wake me up

Please tell me you’re joking
When you talk to me like you do
You’ve got to be kidding around
When you’re kicking me when I’m down

And when you look at me
What do you want to see?
Is it the scars on me?
A memory of you

Please tell me you’re joking
When you talk to me like you do
You’ve got to be kidding around
When you’re kicking me when I’m down

Please tell me you’re joking
When you talk to me like you do
You’ve got to be kidding around
When you’re kicking me when I’m down

You’ve got to be someone else

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Track Name: Alone With You
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[LYRICS]

Alone With You
Words and music by Zane


Sitting beside you
I’m by myself
What can you do?
When you’re walking through hell

My body’s on fire while my soul turns to dust

Absolution and seeking the truth
A solution is misunderstood
Desperation makes a man crazy
Isolation makes a man lazy

What can I do when I feel alone with you?

Come on, she said
She said with a smile
Come on, she said
She made it all worthwhile
Made me feel like never before
Had me begging for more

Talking to you
You’re a moon behind the clouds
I’m seeing faces
You’re nowhere in the crowd

What can I do when I feel alone with you?

Come on, she said
She said with a smile
Come on, she said
She made it all worthwhile
Made me feel like never before
Had me begging for more

She said, why do you cry?
Why do you cry?
She said, why do you cry?

Don’t you know we are here for a good time

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